Whole-wheat brownies are the perfect place to hide whole-wheat flour and healthier choices.
Ever since Pedro’s cancer recovery, we’ve tried to bake healthier and eat more whole-grain products. Whatever you do, don’t try to quit white flour cold-turkey, trust me, your family won’t appreciate it. Over time, you can add less white flour and more whole-wheat flour. It took us about two years to make the change.
The type of whole-wheat flour you use makes a big difference. We use Wheat Montana’s Prairie Gold flour because it’s non-GMO, tastes great, and is made from a soft white wheat (not to be confused with white flour). When you’re ready to completely cut out white flour, this brownie recipe is the perfect place to start. The chocolate covers up the color of the wheat flour, and the applesauce makes them super-moist (they have half the butter that regular brownies have).
So celebrate! Make a batch of whole-wheat brownies and eat them knowing that they’re better for you than a box brownie. I won’t call them ‘healthy’ brownies, though, because they still have sugar and fat in them. Indulging occasionally won’t kill you, though.
The key to balanced eating is to eat as healthy as you can without stressing yourself out (that would counteract the healthy diet). Make changes slowly. Enjoy new tastes and flavors. Celebrate life and health and the blessings you’ve been given (whole-wheat brownies ARE a blessing).I'll bet you can't resist these chocolate mint brownies! #dessert #recipe #wholewheat Click To Tweet Print
Celebrate a special occasion with a mug of hot cocoa and a chocolate mint whole-wheat brownie!
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons flaxseeds, ground
1 10-oz package Nestle Toll House Winter Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels
Preheat the oven to 350˚ and spray a 9X13″ casserole dish with cooking spray.
Melt 1/2 cup of butter (one stick) in a microwave-safe bowl (make sure the bowl is covered). Depending on your microwave, this could take 30-90 seconds. Add the brown sugar and mix with a spoon (to cool the butter down a bit), and then add the applesauce, cocoa powder, and eggs. Beat on low for a minute.
Add the salt, whole-wheat flour, and flax seeds and beat on medium (start on low) for two minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl at least once.
Stir in the dark chocolate and mint morsels and stir again.
Pour into the casserole dish and back for 45-55 minutes (a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean and the edges of the brownies should pull away from the side of the pan).
Cool on a wire rack (or just dig right in and eat one). Cut into 24 squares.
If you’d like to make these even healthier, you can omit the mint and chocolate chips and just add 2 teaspoons of mint extract.
Keywords: whole-wheat brownies, dessert, chocolate, mint